1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

498. Moving Pictures – Rush

Brief Background: Moving Pictures is the eighth album by Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded during the fall of 1980 and released in February 0f 1981.

What I think: I liked Rush’s album 2112 when I listened to it for this project and I REALLY like this album. The drumming of Pert along with the bass of Lee make a stellar rhythm section throughout. The guitar riffs are really inspired and the synth sound really makes it an album of 1981. I really like the shorter more focused nature of a majority of the songs and I think the first half of the album shines best because of them.

That being said there are a still a few things that bother me. First, I can never completely turn myself over to Lee’s vocals. They are the weak spot for me, although I do really like the lyrics that Peart writes for him. The second detraction for me is how they always have to have a complicated instrumental section in each song. Something like “Limelight” for example, could be just fine as a rock song but they have to wedge a Prog moment in. It really does take away from the songs sometimes.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a perfect sound of the time, hard rock mixed with synth that would be out of place anywhere else.

Rating (Out of 5) 4

Amazon Rating of Moving Pictures  4.7/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (385/504)

Amount that are new to me: 76%


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